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Linton Police aim to sell three cruisers

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Call it a case of grand theft auto: Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell would like to get at least a grand -- $1,000 -- for each of three aging police cruisers, a real steal of a deal.

Jerrell announced he wanted to seek buyers for the three patrol cars, which have reached the end of their useful life as police cruisers, during Monday's City Council session.

Among those: a 1994 Chevrolet Caprice, the oldest car in the police's fleet.

"It's done its duty, and it's definitely time for it to be retired," Jerrell said.

Also going off-duty into civilian life are two relatively younger models, 2002 and 2003 Grand Marquises.

The cars will be sold, with the money returned to cover expenses for upkeep on the city's current police fleet.

City Council President Tony Richards, an experienced auto dealer, has assisted the Linton Police Department in selling their surplus vehicles in the past. He said he'd be glad to take offers on the cars through Bob Walters Linton Motors, 1042 A St. NW.

"I've talked to Troy, and we'd be glad to try to help him get rid of them, and take offers on them," Richards said. "We've done that before in the past."

The Linton City Council approved the sale during Monday's meeting.

"OK, Troy, you can try to get rid of them," Mayor John Wilkes said.

Jerrell suggested the cars have undergone long enough service "I'd be happy if I got a thousand dollars each out of them."

However, Jerrell might not have to look too far to find a buyer. At least one city council member joked she could use the patrol car to track down dilapidated properties and overgrown lawns.

"Will it still have the lights and sirens on it?" joked City Councilwoman Linda Bedwell. "If so, I might be interested in buying it."

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